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Energy vampires do not attack only at night.  They continue to suck the electrical juice from a home 24 hours per day seven days per week.  Any device that continues using power when in a sleep or standby mode can be considered an energy vampire.  As long as their fangs are attached to a power outlet, they continue to consume electricity.

Most energy vampires include small electronic devices, such as DVD and DVR players, printers and laptop adapters, items that are left plugged in and often go unused for days, weeks or even months.  In many cases as much as 20% of the power used in one’s home is wasted by devices powered up but in the standby mode.  Cell phone chargers are some of the sneakiest.  If plugged into a wall, regardless of whether the phone is attached, these chargers continue drawing a small amount of power.

In addition to their beady red LED eyes, it is possible to identify one’s energy vampires by the method in which they plug into the outlet.  Wall warts are usually small square transformers that plug directly into the wall outlet.  Normally they convert the AC power from the outlet to a 9- or 12-volt DC power for devices including cordless phones, answering machines and battery chargers.  Bricks use a standard plug and AC cord that attached to the heavier duty brick shaped transformer in the middle of the line.  These are the chargers often found on laptop adapters.  Consider the following ways to fight against their slow drain of your electricity.

Computers and printers should be completely powered down instead of being put into a sleep or standby mode.

The power cord is the main vein through which energy vampires suck energy.  Unplug the device from the wall and it cannot consume any more energy until plugged back into a receptacle.

Use power strips with an on/off switch when plugging energy vampires into the electrical outlet.  A single flip of the switch can block their access to the grid, reducing one’s overall power consumption.

Do you have questions what might be sucking the energy out of your home? The comfort specialists at Hobaica Services are ready to help.  Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hobaicaservices for regular updates, consumer information and general fun stuff for every Home Owner.

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Curt Lauwers
Curt Lauwers
01:20 29 Jul 21
Simon Peterson was my service technician. Very impressive young man. He explained everything first, did the work and gave me suggestions of what I could do in the future to extend the life of my unit. No high pressure, no bs. I highly recommend Hobaica and Simon for A/C repairs.
Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!

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